Kingman police officer justified in fatal shooting

The BB gun reportedly used by Ryan Burgess was an exact replica of a Colt semiautomatic pistol, according to law enforcement. (Courtesy photo)

The BB gun reportedly used by Ryan Burgess was an exact replica of a Colt semiautomatic pistol, according to law enforcement. (Courtesy photo)

KINGMAN - The Mohave County Attorney's Office has concluded Kingman Police officer Chaz Truver was justified in shooting to death Ryan Dean Burgess on March 11.

Burgess, 31, reportedly pointed a BB gun at officer Wayne Hollan after the pair responded to a domestic violence call at a home in the 2200 block of Lucille Avenue.

When they arrived at about 9:45 that night, Burgess reportedly stepped outside and pointed the BB gun at Hollan.

The pistol was designed to replicate a semiautomatic pistol and Truver, a rookie undergoing field training under Hollan's guidance, commanded Burgess to drop the weapon before he fired several rounds.

At the time, sheriff's office spokeswoman Trish Carter said the CO2-cartridge-powered BB gun was the same size, shape and even weight of the Colt Defender 1911 semiautomatic pistol.

Burgess reportedly punched holes in a wall at his mother's home and was violent in other ways just before Hollan, a 13-year Kingman Police veteran, and Truver responded to the woman's 911 call.

City police requested the sheriff's office investigate the officer involved shooting the same night it occurred, and the sheriff's office determined Truver followed lethal force protocol.

County attorneys reviewed reports from the sheriff's office and Kingman Police and found Truver "acted in appropriate and justifiable self-defense with respect to both his own life and to the life of KPD officer Wayne Hollan," said Carter.

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